Are you moving into an apartment or house in another state and now it’s time to transport your furniture across America? It can be a difficult and stressful task preparing your possessions for a long trip. After all, you don’t want any of your items to break, especially if they’re antiques.
If you’d like to know how to move your furniture safely over long distances, then take a look at these four tips that will help you pack a moving truck quicker and in the correct way. This is so your items are kept securely in place to avoid furniture damage.
1. Ask Moving Crew to Help You with Heavy Lifting
There are going to be heavy items that you can’t lift yourself. So you’ll need the help of a professional moving crew to lift the items onto the truck for you. The moving crew has experience with lifting heavy items correctly, so it’s advised that you leave this task to them as you don’t want to injure yourself before your move.
When you’re doing long haul moving, it requires structured packing. You don’t want any of your expensive electronics falling over and breaking when the truck takes sharp turns around corners. If you want the truck to be packed in a certain way, monitor how and where the items are placed yourself, if they’ll allow you to direct them.
2. Make the Correct Measurements
You should measure your big furniture such as sofas, fridges and freezers before you move them into your new home. This is especially important if you’re moving into an apartment on a higher floor. You don’t want to spend time carrying heavy furniture up a flight of stairs only to find that it doesn’t fit through the door.
Measure the doors and living space before moving. If something won’t fit you have the option of selling your bigger furniture to purchase smaller items that will fit well in your new space.
3. Pack the Truck Neatly to Avoid Damages to Your Items
Packing should be done tightly with no gaps in between items. If you’re using a moving company to transport your goods, you’ll get the assistance of the moving crew to pack the truck neatly. If there are spaces, you can fill them with soft pieces of sponge so items don’t move or smack into other objects in the truck.
It’s also advised to utilize packing paper and bubble wrap on fragile furniture to protect them from dirt and scuff marks.
4. Disassemble Items when You’ve run out Space
You can’t always predict how much space will be taken up inside a moving van so you may run out of places to put smaller objects. If you can, disassemble as many items as you can and slotted them into tiny openings between other objects in the truck. Your couches and other big furniture might have feet or legs that can be removed to make it easier to fit them through doors, for example.
Take photos of your new home before moving in so you can visualize where you’d like to place everything. This will save you and the moving crew a lot of time as you’ll know exactly where you’d like to place your furniture.
When you’ve reached your destination, the moving crew will probably help you place all your heavy items inside your new home. Ensure they place it in exactly the area you want it so that you don’t have to do any heavy lifting later on.
Plan ahead and moving becomes easy!